Ontario has once again opted to extend its current tuition freeze for the 2022-2023 academic year. The 10 per cent reduction in tuition initially began in the 2019/2020 academic year but was extended amid the pandemic.
“By freezing tuition for another year, we are saying yes to ensuring that students have access to affordable, high-quality postsecondary education, and reducing the financial strain on families who have already faced so many challenges throughout the pandemic,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities.
According to the Ontario Government, the tuition freeze represents $450 million in savings annually for students compared to tuition costs in 2018-2019.
“Increasing the affordability of college and university is part of Ontario’s plan to help people get the training they need to get good-paying jobs,” said Minister Dunlop.
While the tuition freeze has been lauded as an achievement from student unions across the country, universities and colleges have lamented that its caused their administrations to increase the tuition for international students and increase costs in other operational areas.